The RCL is taking a break today, as we often do on the weekend of a major pony con, and Everfree Northwest is in full swing in Seattle, WA! If you happen to be in the area, please report any sightings of FanOfMostEverything, who managed to escape the RCL reading
dungeon room long enough to experience the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. We’d really like to get him back.
We’re continuing our longstanding tradition of taking this week off, to make certain that every story we feature gets its time in the sun. With many members of the fandom at Bronycon for the weekend, and others at Galacon, we felt that posting a feature might result in an excellent story getting overlooked.
Rest assured, we’ll be back next week with a brand new feature. Have a fun, safe convention weekend, everyone!
Astute readers may notice a name in the curator section of this week’s feature which is simultaneously new and old!
Once upon a time, when Benman founded the RCL, its mission statement more or less started out as “Take over where RBDash47‘s legendary Pony Fiction Vault left off.” Four and a half years later, we’ve come full circle — RBDash47 has volunteered to join the project, and we’re thrilled to bring him on board! This week marks his first contribution as a curator (though not his first contribution to the Library, as his own feature can be found here).
We’ve updated our About page with the personnel changes, and look forward to continuing our mission with an expanded roster!
Alas, not even the Library is immune to the passage of time. While founding member Chris stuck with us through 4½ years of highs, lows and quality fanfiction, he has withdrawn from the project due to life circumstances significantly impacting his pony time. He hopes to continue blogging at One Man’s Pony Ramblings as his schedule permits.
Fortunately, we have a new curator eminently worthy of filling his formidable horseshoes. FanOfMostEverything has joined us, bringing a lengthy track record of acclaimed stories, vast reading habits, episode/comic encardenings, and general positivity. His commentary will start showing up on features in the near future. Welcome, FOME!
We’ve updated our About page with the personnel changes. Including Soge’s bio, which was found in a corner inside a puddle of suspicious green goo. Horizon denies everything.
Sometimes, as Hearth’s Warming rolls through and Auld Lang Syne looms, it’s worth taking a moment to stop and reflect on the year we’ve had.
Pony-wise, despite all the early episodes and big leaks, the fandom is still going strong. We’re honored to remain a part of that! Thank you, featured authors and readers alike, for being a part of this crazy equine fanfiction train.
We’ve got a full handful of features pending once the authors complete their interviews — and more in the pipeline as we get through our reading. The holidays, however, seem to be an exhausting time for an awful lot of us. So for this week we’re just going to spend some time with friends and family, and hope you get to do the same.
If you’d like to temper that with some reading, though, we’ve got four years of wonderful features to catch up on (as well as a number of equally solid suggestions in our story recommendation thread).
Either way, enjoy the rest of your year!
We hope that our American and American-adjacent readers had an excellent Thanksgiving holiday filled with food, friendship and magic!
Every once in a while we at the RCL need a break to enjoy those things, too. So we’re skipping a week and giving ourselves a chance to catch up on our pony reading. We’ll be back with more features next Friday!
If you’d like some quality stories, we’ve got over four years of archives to mine for tales to read — and if you’re one of the dedicated readers who has seen them all, let us know some other of your favorites.
We have received several complaints regarding a recent interview response which advocated, and appeared to incite, violence against people of different political beliefs. We have removed that material, and would like to apologize to our readers for our error in judgment in publishing it.
Publishing sometimes involves tradeoffs between competing principles. When we originally reviewed the interview before publication, it was the first time in 3½ years that we’d received such an inflammatory statement. We faced a choice between free speech (one of our goals is to give our featured authors an open platform that lets them present themselves as they wish to be) and community standards (one of our goals is to make positive contributions and draw people closer together in the spirit of the show). In hindsight, we made the wrong choice.
It’s easy — and tempting — to err on the side of free speech by drawing a mental line between the words that we write and the words that we copy-and-paste from the featured author. But that’s also incorrect. We are ultimately responsible for all the words put out under our name, even if they were written by someone else. Publishing advocacy of violence was an abdication of that responsibility, and that isn’t the sort of example we want to set.
It’s been a busy two years of reading, evaluating, and spotlighting stories for our weekly author interviews. With Christmas falling on a Friday this December, we at the Royal Canterlot Library are taking our first day off. Rest assured, though, we’ll be back next week to feature another excellent piece of pony fanfiction.
In the meantime, now is a good time to take advantage of a suggestion from RCL curator Chris, and give one of your favorite authors the gift of a thank-you for how their story made a difference to you. If you’d like a starting point, browse our list of previous features, with 100+ top-notch stories. Did one of them move you? Help you come to a realization? Teach you the bon mot that landed you that sweet job at the trivia factory? Let the author know! There’s no greater compliment than to hear you’ve made a difference.
For readers and authors alike, happy holidays to you all.
Just as a short reminder, we are now entering the last couple of days of voting for the Royal Canterlot Library’s second anniversary feature. Be sure to visit the thread on our FIMFiction group to cast your vote! Currently, stories by previously featured authors Cold in Gardez, Estee, GhostOfHeraclitus, Inquistor M, Kegisak, KitsuneRisu, Skywriter, The Descendant, and xjuggernaughtx are up for consideration, and we have a pretty close race developing, so your vote could make the difference!